St. Mary's Church, Bedfont Photo: Church from The Green in June 2017

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About Us

St. Mary's is the Church of England parish church for Bedfont, a historic village that is now a ward in the London Borough of Hounslow. We are in the Ecclesiastical Area of Kensington of the Diocese of London.

Our ancient church building sits on the northern edge of Bedfont Green, near the junction of the A315 Staines Road and Hatton Road. Our Church Hall and Vicarage (postcode TW14 8JR) are close nearby. Click here to find us on Google Maps (other on-line mapping services are available)

Our Vicar is Revd. Philip Smith. The vicarage telephone number is 020 8751 0088.

For a report on his Institution, Induction, and Installation service in September 2015, click here.

For more information, click here to download our Parish Profile.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak

As directed by the letter sent to London parishes on Sunday 22nd March 2020, our church buildings were closed. Since 4th July, we have started to hold services in line with the guidelines published at the Church of England website.

We are currently holding Holy Communion services on Sundays at 08:00 and Wednesdays at 09:30. The wearing of face coverings in places of worship is compulsory by law, unless you are exempt. The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets and aerosols in certain circumstances, helping to protect others. Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

If you attend one of our services, please sanitise your hands in the porch on entry, maintain 2 metre social distancing, and do not mingle in groups of more than six unless you are from the same household or support bubble. If you have the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app on your smartphone please scan the church’s QR code to register your presence. Contact details collected for ‘Test and Trace’ purposes will kept for 21 days, and will not be used for other purposes.

You can interact with us on Facebook here, via our YouTube channel here, and on Twitter here.

Safeguarding

As part of the Diocese of London, St. Mary's is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. We have safeguarding arrangements in place, including:

  1. Procedures for responding to and reporting concerns;
  2. Codes of safe practice;
  3. Safer Recruitment procedures, involving checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Our policies govern the work undertaken with children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend church and take part in activities organised by the church or on church premises. For more information, please click here to see our Parish Safeguarding Policy.

Data Protection

St. Mary's is keen to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations. For full information, you can download our Privacy Notice and a Consent Form.

Heating and Flooring Project

The underfloor heating in St Mary's was installed in the 1960s and failed in stages from about 2000. The church was cold and the fabric of the building starting to suffer from damp. It cost additional money for electric heating and wasted energy.

Our architect recommended replacement of the underfloor heating and a new stone floor more in keeping with the historic nature of the building. This would make the church warmer and protect the historic fabric of a beloved building in Bedfont. Also, it is expected to make the church a better venue for many community events. There are many aspects to the project including preserving and restoring the mediaeval pictures and the organ.

We started in January 2018, and completed the bulk of the work by the end of that March. Sunday and Wednesday morning services were held in the Church Hall during the period of work.

Photo: Sponsorship banner outside Church Hall
Although the work has been completed, you can still sponsor a flagstone to help us raise a total of £267,000 to replace the floor and the under-floor heating and thus protect the fabric of the church for future generations. Anyone who joined in with this scheme before 20th January 2018 had their names inserted into a time capsule buried into the floor during the work. A book recording all sponsorships is being created and will eventually be placed on view within the church. You can get more details and donate to us at JustGiving here. Alternatively, you can download a sponsorship form, and return it to the address on there.

Regular Services

We are currently holding Holy Communion services on Sundays at 08:00 and Wednesdays at 09:30. The wearing of face coverings in places of worship is compulsory by law, unless you are exempt. The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets and aerosols in certain circumstances, helping to protect others. Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

If you attend one of our services, please sanitise your hands in the porch on entry, maintain 2 metre social distancing, and do not mingle in groups of more than six unless you are from the same household or support bubble. If you have the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app on your smartphone please scan the church’s QR code to register your presence. Contact details collected for ‘Test and Trace’ purposes will kept for 21 days, and will not be used for other purposes.

A video of Morning Prayer is available on Facebook and YouTube most mornings (except Sundays). On Sundays a video of a worship service with hymns is posted just before 09:30, but can be watched at any time afterwards.

Occasional Services

Parish Office

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Parish Office is suspended until further notice.

Baptisms

Baptisms are currently permitted in church. If a family wishes to have their baptism as a private ceremony then the attendees must be limited to six people, excluding the officiant and others working at the ceremony. The candidate, his/her parents, godparents and the minister are all that are required to be present for baptism.

Marriages

Weddings are currently permitted in church. Government guidance permits a maximum of 15 people to attend church premises for a wedding. This maximum number includes all those attending the service, including the couple, witnesses, and guests. Anyone working is not included as part of the limit on attendees, such as the officiant (Vicar), musicians, and verger(s). Note that the wearing of face coverings in places of worship is compulsory by law, unless you are exempt, and this includes during occasional services such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

Funerals

Funerals can again take place in church, as well as at a graveside, or at a crematorium. There is a specific exemption in government social distancing regulations that covers funeral services. This allows a maximum of 30 people to attend church premises for a funeral without observing the ‘rule of six’. It is recognised how difficult this time is for anyone who has lost a loved. One even though a funeral in church is now possible, you may wish to discuss with the vicar the possibility of a memorial service at a date in the future where more people can be present.

Weekly Newsletter & Monthly Parish Magazine

Each Sunday we produce a combined Newsletter and Service Sheet. This includes a ‘Diary For The Week’, a list of other forthcoming events and meetings, and various items of parish news. This will continue to be published in electronic form during the COVID-19 outbreak, but its format may change. Some paper copies are printed that can be collected at our Sunday and Wednesday mornings.

Click here to download our weekly Newsletter (and back issues)

Paper publication of our monthly Parish Magazine was suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak. It resumed with our September issue, and is being supplemented with the availability of an electronic edition. You can download the November edition from here.

History and Description

For an illustrated history of the church, click here.

Stained Glass

For an illustrated description of the church's stained glass, click here.

Monuments

For an illustrated description of the church's monuments, click here (external site).

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